Hallelujah (Korean) 1997


Plot

Yang Deok-Keon, a swindler, finds an interesting letter in the purse of a reverend, a victim of traffic accident. The letter says if one comes with this letter, he or she can receives 100 million won as settling fund of newly founded church. Deok-Keon assumes the air of the clergymen to go to the church instead of the real clergyman who is still unconscious in hospital. However 100 million won of easy money can’t come to him with ease. The church authority demands him to help for 2 weeks on behalf of the church’s clergyman who is in America on business. Thus Deok-Keon shows real face of the fake clergyman to get the money dashing this side and rushing that…(Source: asiandb)
IMDB Link……..: http://imdb.com/title/tt0296664/
AsianDb Link…..: http://www.asiandb.com/browse/movie_detail.pfm?code=59
Genre…………: Comedy
Distributor……: Korea Image Investment and Development
Year………….: August 9, 1997
Duration………: 98 minutes
Country……….: South Korea
Subtitles………: English
Director………: Sin Seung-soo
Starring………: Park Joong-hoon /Lee Je-ni/Choi Jong-won

Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress (China | France) 2002

Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

Synopsis / Plot
In 1971 China, in the lingering grip of the cultural revolution, two university students, Luo and Ma, are sent to a mountain mining village as part of their reeducation duty to purge them of their classical western oriented education. Amid the backbreaking work and stifling ignorance of the community, the two boys find that music, and the presence of the beautiful local young women are the only pleasant things in their miserable life. However, none compare to the young seamstress granddaughter of the local tailor. Stealing a departing student’s secret cache of forbidden books of classic western literature such as the works of Honore de Balzac, they set about to woo her and teach her things she had never imagined. In doing so, they start a journey that would profoundly change her perspective on her world and teach the boys about the power of literature and their own ability to change their world in truly revolutionary ways.

Chinese Title: Xiao cai feng
Year: 2002
Director: Sijie Dai
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime: 1:46:11
Country: China, France
Language: Mandarin, French
Subtitles: English, French (SUBIDX)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291032/

Cast
Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Lieu, Shuangbao Wang, Zhijun Cong, Hong Wei Wang, Xiong Xiao

Pisces (Korean) 2000

Pisces (Korean) 2000

Synopsis / Plot
For Aeryeon (played by veteran actress Lee Miyeon), a video shop owner, her only friends are movies and a couple of tropical fish she raises in the shop. The other joy of hers is to select quality videos for her customers, which is interpreted as part of her effort to overcome solitude. Then one day comes attractive and handsome Dongseok, a lover of French movies and music. From that time on, she waits for him every day. She hears from him that he composes music and prepares to release an album in order to make a debut as a singer, but has been rejected many times by producers. Although she confesses her love to him, he says he has a girlfriend to marry. Aeryeon meets Dongseok¡’s girlfriend and tells her, “You can meet other boyfriends than Dongseok. But for me, Dongseok is the only lover. Please leave him.” Pisces is the 12th sign of the zodiac, represented by two fish, and believed to affect the character and life of people born between Feb. 21 and March 20. For the people of Pieces, love never stops, even at the face of rejection. If it stops, it is not love. The color of blue and yellow appears alternately in this film, with jazz music as the backdrop. The film has something that touches viewers’ heartstring, more so than other films of its kind. Newcomer director Kim Hyeongtae superbly portrays the psychology of a female character abandoned by her love.

AKA: Mulgogijari
Year: 2000
Directed by: Kim Hyeong Tae
Genre: Romance
Runtime: 99 mins (approx.)
Country: Korea
Language: korean
Subtitles: not in movie (but .srt file avail.)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380565/

Cast
Lee Mi-youn
Choi Woo-jae
Yoon Ji-hye

The Bandage Club (Japanese) 2007

The Bandage Club (Japanese) 2007

Synopsis / Plot
A group of six teens who call themselves The Bandage Club answer Internet requests to place bandages at various locations. These locations hold some significance to the people making the requests and when it’s done they receive a recording of the process in hopes that seeing the symbolic bandaging may alleviate some of their emotional pain.
NO ENGLISH SUBS
Also Known As:…: Hôtai Club
Year:…………….. .: 2007
Directed:………….: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Genre:…………….: Drama
Runtime…………..: 117 mins
Country:…………..: Japan
Language:………..: Japanese
Subtitles:…………: Japanese
IMDB………………: http://imdb.com/title/tt0949804/
Cast:………………: Yuya Yagira
Satomi Ishihara

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Japanese) 1960

Synopsis / Plot

This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged geisha who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a geisha is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it. Written by PastaQueen

Keiko, whom everyone calls Mama, narrates her story: she’s a hostess on the Ginza, 30, a widow. She describes life’s vicious cycle: acting cheerful around drunks, dressing and living well to convey confidence, needing money for these expenses and for her demanding mother and brother, and knowing she’s growing older. She’s of an age when she must choose: to seek marriage (difficult given her tarnished occupation), to be a kept woman, or to borrow money to buy a bar of her own. Each route has dangers, including investors demanding a return on their loans. Keiko has a quiet dignity that attracts men, but are they what they seem? Does she actually have choices?

Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960)
AKA: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
Year: 1960
Directed: Naruse Mikio
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 111 Min.
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English (hardsubs)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054144/

Cast
Hideko Takamine … Keiko Yashiro
Masayuki Mori … Nobuhiko Fujisaki
Reiko Dan … Junko Inchihashi
Tatsuya Nakadai … Kenichi Komatsu, the manager
Daisuke Katô … Matsukichi Sekine
Ganjiro Nakamura… Goda
Eitarô Ozawa … Minobe
Keiko Awaji … Yuri

Punch Lady (Korean) 2007

Punch Lady (Korean) 2007

Aka: Peon-chi le-i-di
Year: 2007
Directed: Kang Hyo-jin
Genre: Drama, Sports
Runtime: 121 mins
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Cast: Do Ji-won, Son Hyeon-joo, Park Sang-wuk, Choi Seol-ri, Lee Joo-sil

Synopsis:

Do ji-won stars in this tense and cathartic South Korean drama as a battered housewife whose husband’s regular beatings drive her to the absolute breaking point. In defiance, she tears away from him and trains as a boxer, then publicly challenges him to an organized fight before an audience of spectators.